"Anything through view-finder become a part of photographers heart. Taking picture is to see my life in honest way."
Kim Joowon is Fine art photographer, Photography educator and Journalist. Kim has a background as a photojournalist working for magazines. Now he works as freelancer photographer and Writer. DSLR Photography Lecture, Photoshop lesson, DLSR Photography Lecture for beginner are best sellers in Korea.
About / Biography
2016 LIGHTROOM Photography Lecture, Published by Hanbit Media
2015 Mirrorless&DSLR Photography, Published by Hanbit Media
2015 Landscapes Photography, Published by Hanbit Media
2013 DSLR Photography Basic Lecture, Published by Hanbit Media
2012 Photoshop Photography Lecture, Published by Hanbit Media
2011 DSLR Photography Lecture, Published by Hanbit Media
2010 WHITE, Published by BomGallery
2005 Photoshop for Photographers, Published by Youngjin.com
2014 SONY World Photography Award, Korea National Award
2011 DongGang International Photography Portfolio Review
2012 WHITE - Art Space ZAKO, Korea
2011 WHITE - SaroLeon Gallery, Spain
2010 WHITE - Bom Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2007 f22 - Gallery NOW, Seoul, Korea
2006 The Untouchables - Gallery Bresson, Seoul, Korea
2015 Seoul RePhotography with G4, GwangHwarang, Korea
2015 Seoul RePhotography with G4, Seoul Cityhall, Seoul, Korea
2014 Tranquilizer #02 Birth, Canson Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2014 SEOUL Rephotography, Seoul Cityhall, Korea
2014 SEOUL Rephotography, GwangHwarang, Korea
2013 Looking Aurora,GwangHwarang, Korea
2012 DongGang International Photography Portfolio Review Artist
2011 BRIDGE, BOM Gallery, Korea
2010 Props, BOM Gallery. Seoul, Korea
2010 Mind Naturopathy, BOM Gallery
2010 Aurora of YellowKnife, Lotte Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2010 Aurora of YellowKnife, Coex, Seoul, Korea
2009 Nowon-gu Public art Project, Hope
2008 IPW - In Thailand, Gallery illum, Seoul, Korea
2007 The Longest Journey, Busan Design Center, Seoul, Korea
2007 One corner the lights, sheds light the world, Gang-nam GS tower, Seoul, Korea
2005 Cutting through time, wowbook festival, Seoul, Korea
2005 Fight on street 5 - Gallery ON
Quote from DCM Photographer Interview
Your Exhibition called “WHITE” is artworks about snow. Tell me more about it.
I started it 3 years ago, when I felt a kind of emptiness. Actually, I started it just for self-comfort. When it’s snowing, typical objects are gone. Only a few things remain. I shoot them. They look so beautiful and strong as they have endured harsh weather and even loneliness. I thought it as same as we human.
Snow in “WHITE” looks different with normal winter photography. How did you express it?
I thought snowing scenes are similar with paintings, not a real world, especially when it’s heavy snow so that it accumulates 1 meter or more. I took these paint-like scenes with long-exposure techniques to express it like a ‘picture’. To tell the truth, I have ALWAYS chased ‘snow’ no matter where it is, to take a snowy scene. If you want to find me, it’s easy, just watch a weather forecasting and find a place with heavy snow. Then I will be there.
Ok. Let’s move on to your blog. I was surprised when I saw your blog the first time. Even though you are a professional photographer, not a blogger, your blog is very well-organized like pro-blogger`s one.
I believe if I live lazy, my heart will be lazy, and finally my photography will be lazy. So I usually go to ‘work’ like normal business man near 8-9 am. I take street photo until 7 pm. Then I select retouch and upload photos on my blog before I “Leave work.
You are not only a photographer but a writer. People call you “kind photographer”.
When I wrote my second book, it took 3 months to decide table of contents. Photography has a double side. We have to break down rules, but, at the same time, we have to keep some rules. I put some theoretical parts in the first and second half, I put even B cuts to explain what a good photo is. I think this composition is the first of its kind in Korea.
Describe what kind of photographer you consider yourself to be.
I think photography is asking myself. We hardly talk with ourselves. When I focus on objects with affection, they start talking to me. People usually take pictures only to escape from a sober real world. But to be ‘warm’, we need to try to see with warm heart first, then you will find a ‘warm’ world.
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